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Join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. for a preview of Walker’s Field Hockey program! Hear from CT Field Hockey Hall of Fame member and Walker’s head coach, Mimi Duran, on how she coaches her team to success through team bonding, confidence development, and honing her team’s field hockey skills.

We'll hear from current athletes and Walker's field hockey alum, as well as Hamilton College's field hockey head coach, Missy Mariano, on the college recruitment process.

You won't want to miss it!

Field Hockey team embracing
Field Hockey team embracing

Note: This event has been postponed. Register for the preview event on Wednesday, December 9, 2020!


Join us on Saturday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom for a preview of Walker’s Field Hockey program! Hear from CT Field Hockey Hall of Fame member and Walker’s head coach, Mimi Duran, on how she coaches her team to success through team bonding, confidence development, and honing her team’s field hockey skills.

We’ll hear from current athletes and Walker’s field hockey alum, as well as Hamilton College’s field hockey head coach, Missy Mariano, on the college recruitment process.

You won't want to miss it!

Field Hockey team embracing

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the field hockey program, where players have regular opportunities to move up to the varsity level. Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our program has focused on developing great student-athletes and leaders. Building community is important to the Wildcats, and they give back by participating in yearly breast cancer awareness games and hosting food drives. 

OUR LEAGUE AFFILIATIONs:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker's is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

 

Mimi Duran

Mimi Duran P'18

Head Coach

Mimi Duran P'18

 860-408-4294

A.S., Naugatuck Valley Community College
B.A., B.S., University of Maine

Mimi Duran has 30 years of coaching experience, both in independent and public schools. She began her tenure at Walker’s in fall 2007 leading an aggressive field hockey effort, winning seven CISAC League titles, six CISAC Tournament titles, and the Class C WNEPSAC Championship title in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Her teams have appeared in the NEPSCA Field Hockey Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014 through 2019.

Mimi most recently worked as varsity field hockey coach at Cheshire High School where her team was a finalist in the State Tournament. Prior to that, she was coach at Wamogo High School in Litchfield, CT. While coaching at Wamogo, her teams made six CIAC semi-final appearances, and won six Berkshire League Championships. Mimi is a Coach of the Year recipient from both CHSCA and CFHCA. She is a NFHCA 200 Victory Club Award recipient, and has been selected to membership in the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2015, Mimi was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

Mimi holds a Connecticut coaching certification, Level 2 United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) coaching certification, and is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (USFHA), the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association, and a USFHA “future’s coach.” Mimi has taken nine teams to the National Field Hockey Festival and has traveled with her teams to play in Europe and South America. Several of her former players have earned Founders All-League, WNEPASFH and NEPSAC Field Hockey recognition, Regional All-American recognition, NFHCA All–Academic recognition and have played Division I, II and III field hockey at the collegiate level. Several alumnae have pursued coaching and currently coach at the high school level.

In addition to her coaching duties, Mimi Duran is Associate Athletic Director. She is currently working on an MPS in sports industry management at Georgetown University.

Jade Dennett

Assistant Coach

Jade Dennett

 860-408-4217

B.A., Colgate University

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here? I was drawn to The Ethel Walker School for the opportunity to wear multiple hats--a college counselor, advisor, coach, dorm parent. The sense of community at Ethel Walker coupled with the driven, kind, and spirited students is something that makes this place so special. The Ethel Walker School living and learning culture was appealing to me. What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? My favorite subject in high school was language class, particularly Spanish. I was and still am fascinated with the complexities involved in learning a new language and culture. Spanish class challenged me to step outside my comfort zone as a classroom participant, and it fostered a passion I never knew I had. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? In my free time, I love to exercise! As a former college athlete, I made exercising a priority in order to clear my head and participate in something I love, whether that be group fitness classes, field hockey pick-up games, yoga, running, cycling, or walking my dog, Halo. I think it is important to incorporate a bit of free time in a day to move around a little and get a quick sweat in. Other roles on campus: Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach and Smith Dorm Affiliate

Megan Mulhern

Head Coach

Megan Mulhern

B.A., Brown University
M.A., Middlebury College

Megan is no stranger to the field hockey field. Coach Mulhern joins Walker’s coaching staff after several years of coaching at Westminster School, and teaches in the English department. Prior to joining Walker’s, Coach Mulhern taught several English courses at Westminster School and the YK Pao Secondary School in Shanghai, China, where she developed a school-wide reading program. Coach Mulhern also taught at The Lawrenceville School, The Emma Willard School and worked for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her B.A. in English from Brown University and her M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the field hockey program, where players have regular opportunities to move up to the varsity level. Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the field hockey program, where players have regular opportunities to move up to the varsity level. Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our program has focused on developing great student-athletes and leaders. Building community is important to the Wildcats, and they give back by participating in yearly breast cancer awareness games and hosting food drives. 

OUR LEAGUE AFFILIATIONs:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker's is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

 

Our program has focused on developing great student-athletes and leaders. Building community is important to the Wildcats, and they give back by participating in yearly breast cancer awareness games and hosting food drives. 

OUR LEAGUE AFFILIATIONs:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker's is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

 


Our program has focused on developing great student-athletes and leaders. Building community is important to the Wildcats, and they give back by participating in yearly breast cancer awareness games and hosting food drives. 

OUR LEAGUE AFFILIATIONs:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker's is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

 

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the field hockey program, where players have regular opportunities to move up to the varsity level. Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Megan Mulhern

Chair, English Department and English Faculty

Megan Mulhern

B.A., Brown University
M.A., Middlebury College

Prior to joining Walker’s, Megan (Danyliw) Mulhern taught several English courses at Westminster School and the YK Pao Secondary School in Shanghai, China. While at the YK Pao Secondary School she developed a school wide reading program. She also taught at The Lawrenceville School, The Emma Willard School and worked for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. Megan earned her B.A. in English from Brown University and her M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College.

Jade Dennett

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Jade Dennett

 860-408-4217

B.A., Colgate University

Jade comes to Walker’s from Skidmore College where she has served as the assistant director of admissions for three years. In addition to representing Skidmore at school visits and college fairs in the southwest and mid-Atlantic, Jade has served on several admission committees, including the Filene music scholarship, the London experience program, diversity, and athletics. Her assigned application reading load included The Ethel Walker School and she was drawn to our school, in part, because of the academic strength and personal qualities she saw in our applicants.

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